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May 2020

Dialogue Sermon Child Friendly Faith Foundation Campaign Against ‘Conversion Therapy’ ~Genesis 22: 1-12

By | May 31st, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley, Sarah Henry and Jaime Romo May 31, 2020 Today, we are discussing the topic of the mistreatment of children based on religious beliefs. One example of this is conversion therapy. While this therapy has been discredited, there are still a few who still practice it. Its roots are from traditional religious ...

Truth~ The Gospel According To John 14: 15-17

By | May 24th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 24, 2020 As the reading today tells us, truth is in us. Truth is defined as being according to fact or reality. There is a second definition. It is a judgement or idea that is true or accepted as true. These two definitions can be in conflict. A truth ...

Compassionate Christianity~ 1 Peter 4: 12-14 5 :6-11

By | May 17th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 17, 202 During these times, the world needs compassionate Christianity. Few turn to 1 Peter due to its conservative patriarchal perspective. The writers had turned away from the wide acceptance preached by Jesus and the first generation Christians. Gone were the revolutionary thoughts of equality. The early church was ...

April 2020

The Worst Funeral Ever ~The Gopspel of John 20: 1-18

By | April 12th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 12, 2020 Our reading today tells the story of Mary visiting Jesus's tomb. This resurrection story was a funeral story. Jesus was dead. As was the custom, his followers prepared to mourn Jesus. The mourners planned to weep and tell the story of Jesus's life. Jesus was killed for ...

The Passion of the Pandemic~ Matthew 26: 14-23

By | April 5th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 5, 2020 On this Psalm Sunday, we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This also marks the beginning of the passion narrative recalling Jesus's suffering and death. After the celebration of his arrival in Jerusalem, Jesus sat with the disciples for dinner.  He tells them that ...

March 2020

Life in the Valley of Death~ Ezekiel 37: 1-14

By | March 29th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 29, 2020 Today's scripture speaks of a valley of dry bones. As Ezekiel prophesied to the bones, they came alive. They represented the House of Israel who were homeless and without hope. God will bring you home and give you hope. The words from the prophet, Ezekiel, are just ...

February 2020

Growing With God~ 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9

By | February 16th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 16, 2020 Pilgrim is a special place. Some have had encounters with the Divine. Friendships are deep and profound. It is who we are. Our leaders have planted, watered, and given us rich soil. We have grown. We come to church for God. Paul was trying to connect people ...

What Kind of Nation Are We? ~ Isaiah 58: 1-2, 9-12

By | February 9th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 9, 2020 Recent events in our nation require us to ask what kind of nation are we. We are looking at what happened at the National Prayer Breakfast. Prayer is important. We need to be clear about the purposes and practice of prayer in our country.  One does not accuse someone ...

Blessed are the Troublemakers~Matthew 5: 1-12

By | February 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 2, 2020 The Sermon on the Mount goes to the heart of Jesus's teachings. We need to put it in context though.  We must read the gospels through the len of a radical hermeneutic. We each bring our own interpretations to the text. We must acknowledge that bias as ...

January 2020

Follow Who~Matthew 4:12-23

By | January 26th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 26 2020 According to the church calendar, we turn our focus to Jesus's ministry. Last week, we talked about the baptism of Jesus. John the Baptist was his mentor. When John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee.  There he continued to spread the gospel. Jesus was spreading the movement. ...

In-Spirit-ed~ The Gospel According to John 1: 29-34

By | January 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 19, 2020 Inspirited...a new word to express what happens when one is inspired. It describes what happened when Jesus was baptized. The movement of the "spirit" is like a dove. John the Baptist was sent to baptize as many people as possible. One of those people would be special, ...

December 2019

A Tyrant, a Terror, and a Toddler~ Matthew 2: 13-23

By | December 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 29 2019 According to scripture, Jesus is in danger soon after he is born. The holy family must escape to Egypt from King Herod. We have a lot of historical information about Herod. He reigned for 40 years. Herod wanted to change the landscape of Israel in order to ...

Christmas Eve Meditation~ 2019

By | December 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 24 2019 On this holy night, we reflect on a child's birth. We seek the world envisioned by Isaiah. A world governed by justice and righteousness. This world must be accomplished in the real world by real people. Into a world filled with corruption and greed, a child is ...

What Is Joseph So Sad About?~ Matthew 1: 18-25

By | December 22nd, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 22 Having a child is complicated. Joseph should have been happy. He was male, reasonably successful, and respected in society. Yet, having a child is a big responsibility. A woman's health is in danger during a pregnancy. Joseph had the added stress that Mary was not pregnant by him ...